Judy Garland As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939 Film)

Apr 10 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

Judy Garland was the teenage girl who played Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz, an MGM musical film released by MGM in 1939. Her performance as the girl from Kansas named Dorothy won her a special Juvenile Oscar and gave her a theme song for the rest of her life: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

The song was initially deleted after executives from MGM thought the movie was too long, but good sense prevailed and it was restored to the movie and survived to become one of the most recognized music of the century.

Many people often refer to Judy Garland as Dorothy, it was the character that put her on the Hollywood map and followed her throughout her life and career. Shirley Temple, then the most popular child star, was originally set to play Dorothy on loan, but her home studio (20th Century Fox) refused to release her to MGM for the movie.

The Wizard of Oz producer Mervyn LeRoy thought that Shirley Temple's singing voice was not quite up to the standard for the role anyway, so the part of Dorothy was given to Judy Garland who had the singing talent, natural acting ability, star quality and charisma . She toured with her two older sisters known as "The Gumm Sisters" in the vaudeville circuit with moderate success, then later appeared in seven movies before she landed the starring role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

Her salary for The Wizard of Oz was $ 500 per week. Although $ 500 was a lot of money in those days, she was still the least well paid main actors in the movie, except Toto, the dog who was paid $ 125 per week.

Toto was actually a female dog whose real name was Terry. Judy Garland was so attached to the small cairn terrier and she wanted to keep her after the movie, but Terry is a highly valued animal actor by her owner and they did want to let her go.

The blue gingham pinafore dress and ruby ​​shoes that she wore in the Wizard of Oz is considered one of the most iconic costumes in Hollywood history. Even to this day, when people see this costume, "Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz" comes to their mind.

Judy Garland's performance as Dorothy proved to be the high point of her career, and she will always be remembered as one of the most strikingly beautiful and talented stars ever to grace Hollywood.

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Les Miserables Film Review

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Using the exact words of Javert, "I am the law and the law is not mocked!" Les Misérables is a 2012 epic musical drama film directed and scripted based on the musical of the same name which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel. It was set on the 19th-century France, which climaxes with the anti-monarchist Paris uprising of 1832; primarily the cities of Arras, Digne, Montreuil-sur-mer, Montfermeil, Paris, and Toulon. This would serve as a reminder that Javert, the main antagonist, who is known for being ruthless in hunting down law-breakers, believing they cannot change for the better. As the narrator tells us: "He was one of those people who, even glimpsed, make an immediate impression; there was an intensity about him that was almost a threat. His name was Javert and he belonged to the police."

It started with Javert, being an assistant guard, releasing prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, after 19 years of imprisonment for stealing bread and failed attempts at escaping and gave him a parole. Years after, Javert served as an inspector with the local police of the factory owner and mayor of Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, Monsieur Madeleine. He suspects the identity of Madeleine when he rescues an injured worker trapped under a heavy cart. Then, Madeleine dismissed his attempt of arresting Fantine, a prostitute, for having a violent row with a street idler. The police caught someone they assumed as Jean Valjean so he went to Arras to confirm and went to the Madeleine to beg for him to be dismissed because he was mistaken as he suspected him to be Jean Valjean. Later then, Jean Valjean revealed himself and Javert arrests him but failed to do so. After a few years, Javert was recruited to be an inspector in the capital. He crossed paths with Valjean along with Cosette and tries to arrest them but failed again. Few years passed again and this time, Javert is a leader of a squad of policemen in the capture of a gang which had been terrorizing Paris for years. He pretended to be an ally to spy on the rebels but got recognized by Gavroche, a city urchin, and they imprisoned him. Valjean suddenly came in and offered to execute Javert but actually releases him and faked his death. When the rebellion ended, Javert expected Valjean to come out of the sewer he'd been hiding, though with a company that he agreed to help when Valjean asked him for a favor before he'll be captured. After helping, instead of capturing Valjean, Javert wandered the streets in emotional turmoil. He was morally confused by the mercy of Jean Valjean, so he commits suicide by throwing himself in the river Seine.

Law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority. In Les Misérables, it's personified as a persistent man, Javert. He knows what exactly is law and assures that people know it too. He alone, is a living law. Just by mere seeing him, you would be reminded about the do's and do not's. He has been given different roles by the government regarding control and coordination. Even though the law changes it statement, it still is law, thus, should be obeyed. Until his last breath, as he throws himself, he buries every single thing on his heart and mind.

The film shows a variance of people. The visuals were very powerful, the places used were appropriate for the scenes. It makes you feel as if you're in the picture with a touch of modernity. The transitions between scenes are made smoothly. The overall spectacle as a musical was delivered right through on-screen. Also, the actors and actresses were picked thoroughly and gave justice to the specified role they had. 160 minutes runtime was maximized by not only having dramas but also with a little touch of comedy on some parts of the film. As a musical film, it respectably delivered with, of course, great voices. The choice of songs were actually nice and proper as well as the message and emotion being conveyed to the watchers.

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